Walter Reiter

Baroque violin

Biography in English


Walter Reiter  graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and continued his studies under Ramy Shevelov in the University of Tel Aviv and  Sandor Vegh in Germany. After working in the Menuhin Festival Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and contemporary music groups in Paris, he devoted himself for six years to the intensive teaching  of talented children at the  Rubin Conservatory  in Jerusalem. His love for the music of the 17th and 18th centuries brought him to the study of 'authentic' performance practice on period instruments, and this has been his passion ever since.

He has led Les Arts Florissants, the Netherlands Bach Society Orchestra, the Hanover Band, the Seville Baroque Orchestra, Barockkanere (Oslo), the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra, Accademia Daniel, the Gabrieli Consort, the King's Consort, and the English Concert, and was appointed leader of the Orchestra of the Sixteen, under Harry Christophers, in 2003.  He has appeared as director and soloist with the Orchestra Barocca Italiana in Rome, the Ensemble Baroque de Limoges,  the Varazdin Festival Orchestra, and the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra.  Since 1989 he has led the second violins in The  English Concert with whom he has toured and recorded extensively, frequently appearing as a soloist.

Walter Reiter has recorded the Recreations of Leclair for Addes, France, and Sonatas by Mondonville for Meridian, a CD which was awarded the ‘Choc’ label by the French CD magazine Diapason. In 1999 he founded Cordaria,  whose highly acclaimed CDs to date are of Vivaldi Violin Sonatas Op 2, the Biber Mystery Sonatas, and "Un alma innamorata", a collection of cantatas for voice, violin obbligato and continuo.

Walter Reiter is a dedicated teacher. He has given master classes in France, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Canada, Israel, Peru, Mexico and Cuba, and is 
 Professor of Baroque Violin and Viola at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, Holland, and at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London. He is also Guest Professor at the Institute of Superior Arts in Havana, Cuba, and at the Tel Aviv Conservatoire of Music in Israel.  He believes in spreading the message of music  beyond the boundaries of the privileged, and is Visiting Professor of Baroque Violin in the Institite of  Superior Arts in Havana. He is also active as a conductor, and has conducted orchestras in Spain, Israel, Canada, Croatia. and Cuba, where he is working to establish a Baroque Orchestra, and where he has conducted  the Havana Chamber Orchestra and the Estaban Salas  Orchestra. He was Musical Director of the Linden Baroque Orchestra, with whom he recorded a CD, on the Meridian Label, of music by Fasch.